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Monday 4 May 2020

Matthias Kager & Raphael Custos’ etching, “Frieze with Satyrs and Grotesque Creatures Surrounded by Scrollwork”, c.1610

Matthias Kager (aka Johann Matthias Kager) (1575–1634) and
Raphael Custos (aka Raphael Custodis) (c1590–1664).

(Note that the initials of both artists are inscribed on the plate as the etchers.)

“Frieze with Satyrs and Grotesque Creatures Surrounded by Scrollwork”, c.1610, published in Augsburg in “Neuw GrottesskenBuch” (New Book of Grotesques) in 1610 in three parts with this print featuring in the third issue, “Der Tadesckisch Radesco Baum ...”.

“Neuw GrottesskenBuch” is available for online viewing or may be downloaded free-of-charge from (see p. 174 featuring this print):

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed with a small margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 7.9 x 26.6 cm; (plate) 7 x 26 cm; (image borderline) 6.7 x 25.9 cm.
Inscribed on plate on the lower-centre volute: “MK. RC. F.”

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed early impression with a small margin around the platemark. The sheet has a restored tear at left-of-centre otherwise it is in an excellent/museum quality-condition and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this superb ornamental frieze from the early 1600s featuring a cross-legged figure cradling an umbrella while seated on cart drawn by two satyrs and a bird, for AU$188 (currently US$120.88/EUR110.82/GBP102.44 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this Baroque period etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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